Peppermint Express Christmas Décor

Hello Crafts Ideas friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I have a fun Christmas décor project to share with you.

American Crafts has a whimsical, fun collection out this year called Peppermint Express. I love the 12″x12″ sheet of patterned paper that has a Christmas Bingo card look to it. I was inspired to create an 11″x14″ canvas using this sheet of paper.

I  created a quilt of sorts along the edges of the canvas using scraps of paper from a 6″x6″ paper pad in the Peppermint Express collection. To finish off the edges of the canvas, I adhered a strip of ribbon around all the edges.

Finally, I used a variety of dimensional stickers, patterned paper squares (that I machine stitched) and die-cuts to embellish several of the squares on the canvas. 

This was a quick and easy project to create for Christmas this year. Happy New Year!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Felt Snowmen Décor

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Lacy Candle Shade

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These one-of-a-kind candle shades are great gifts and so easy to customize to fit any color scheme.

Materials

  • Glass candlestick and votive cup
  • Cardstock: heavy white, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Heartfelt Creations Burst of Splendor Paper Collection (HCDP1 235)
  • Teardrop beads
  • Pearls: 4mm, 5mm
  • Iridescent yarn
  • Jewelry findings: headpins, jump rings
  • Battery-operated candle

Tools

  • Die-cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Dahlia Cluster (HCPC 3548), Bold Leaf (HCPC 3547), Open Leaf (HCPC 3545)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Classic Leaf (HCD 736), Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713)
  • Scor-Pal
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Markers: Imagination International COPIC Amethyst V17, Mallow V15, Pale Lilac V12; Tombow Dark Olive 158, Asparagus 192; Stampin’ Up! Garden Green
  • Ranger Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue, paper glue

Basic Supplies

sewing needle and white thread, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere votive cup to top of candlestick with 527 Glue; let dry.

STEP 2

Die cut four Decorative Lace Borders from heavy white cardstock. Adhere together, end to end, to create a strip approximately 23-1/2” long. Cut two 1/2” strips from green paper. Adhere along length of lace border, 1” from top edge. Apply Stardust Stickles throughout middle of lace; let dry.

STEP 3

Using Scor-Pal, score every other scallop on lace strip. Turn strip over, score opposite scallops. Mountain-valley fold length of strip; adhere ends together to create a tube.

STEP 4

Run threaded needle through lattice holes of lace tube just below uppermost scallop, securing a 4mm pearl between each fold. Tighten thread to draw top closer; tie threads off to create small top opening.

STEP 5

Thread yarn through holes at bottom of lace tube, just above teardrop descenders. Tighten yard to draw bottom closer until shade fits your candleholder; tie yarn off.

STEP 6

Thread teardrop bead on headpin, followed by 5mm pearl. Using pliers, wrap headpin stem around jump ring, making a loop and trimming off excess wire if necessary. Using pliers, open jump ring to hang pendant from shade every other pleat, opposite of the teardrop descenders. Repeat around entire bottom of shade.

STEP 7

Stamp small Dahlia on Whisper White cardstock, color with COPIC markers and cut out. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 8

Apply Garden Green marker to Bold Leaf stamp; stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Apply Dark Olive and Asparagus marker to Open Leaf stamp; stamp over Bold Leaf stamp. Using Classic Leaf die, die cut/emboss two leaves. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 9

Adhere leaves to flower. Adhere flower to paper shade as shown.

STEP 10

Insert battery-operated candle into votive cup; place shade on votive cup.

Tip

  • For safety reasons, use only battery-operated candles to light this shaded lamp.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Faux Mercury Glass Mirror

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Transform an old picture frame into your very own “antique” holiday décor mirror.

Materials

  • Frame with glass insert, 10”x14”
  • American Crafts Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection: Winter patterned paper, Ephemera Cardstock Die-cuts
  • WorldWin Vellum
  • May Arts Red Twill/Chevron Ribbon (382-34-14), 3/4”, 1 yd.

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 5” Creative Station with Permanent/Laminate Cartridge, High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 9” Creative Station, High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint
  • EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Sterling Glitter

Basic Supplies

scissors, vinegar, spray bottle, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using photo frame die-cut as pattern, cut same-size panel from paper. Apply adhesive to back side of photo frame die-cut using Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; adhere paper to die-cut. Adhere tree, boy and snowman using Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Adhere sledding girl to banner using Xyron Double-Sided Tape. Adhere banner to die cut collage.

STEP 2

Run entire die cut collage through Xyron 5” Creative Station to apply laminate to back side and adhesive to front. Trim with scissors.

STEP 3

Freehand cut hills from vellum. Apply adhesive using Xyron 9” Creative Station. Sprinkle with glitter; burnish to paper with finger. Run glittered hills back through Creative Station to apply adhesive on top of glitter.

STEP 4

Adhere die cut collage to glass panel first, followed by glitter hills. (Note: The layers seem backward because they are on back side of glass. The top layer is adhered first.)

STEP 5

Combine 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in small spray bottle. Over covered work surface, lightly mist back of glass, over collage and hills, to create antique-looking blemishes. Spray paint over spritzed glass. Allow to dry for one minute, then use paper towel to blot water-marked areas. Repeat 1-2 times. (Note: Laminating die cut collage keeps paint from seeping through during this step.)

STEP 6

When dry, place glass back in frame. Tie ribbon into large bow; adhere with Xyron Adhesive Dots. Use additional Xyron Adhesive Dots to add dimension to bow tails. Trim as desired.

Tip

The top adhesive film can be used to clean up any extra glitter that may have spilled in work area.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Altered Mini Clipboard

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use a mini clipboard to create a piece of art that can showcase interchangeable photos.

Materials

  • Timber mini clipboard, size A5
  • Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Green cardstock
  • Brown organza ribbon
  • Photo

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Die (HCD 727); Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage (472123) and Foliage Two (S5-129), Decorative Elements Nestabilities Timeless Rectangle (031458)
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Paint: Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Guava, Making Memories Scrapbook Colors Manila
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Ink Pads: Stazon Jet Black, Brilliance Crimson Copper
  • Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist
  • Ranger Stickles Crystal Glitter Glue
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Acrylic block
  • Adhesives: foam dots, paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, paint clipboard Manila; set aside to dry.

STEP 2

Cut 6-1/2”x9” patterned paper panel; round corners and adhere to clipboard.

STEP 3

Cut decorative panel from patterned paper; adhere to chipboard sheet (from back of paper pack) and trim as needed. Adhere chipboard panel to clipboard.

STEP 4

Die cut medium rectangle from desired paper; adhere to chipboard sheet and trim as needed. Adhere to center of decorative panel with foam dots.

STEP 5

Stamp, die cut, and assemble seven flowers in varying sizes from patterned paper. For large flowers, cut two each of die 5, 6 and 7. Use dauber to ink petal edges Crimson Copper; spray with Glimmer Mist to moisten. On back, rub with stylus (from tool kit) until cup shape is formed. Turn flower over and gently push center in to allow petals to rise up. Layer each piece from large to small, adhering as you go. Gently bend and curl each petal until overall flower shape is achieved. Repeat for medium flowers with dies 6, 5 and 4, and for small flower with dies 5, 4 and 3.

STEP 6

Die cut foliage pieces and adhere to clipboard as shown. Using foliage as base and photo as guide, cluster larger flowers at bottom left and smaller flowers at top right of chipboard. When desired arrangement is achieved, adhere in place.

STEP 7

Cut ticket shape title and subtitle from patterned paper; adhere to clipboard as shown, placing foam dots in center only to allow photo to slide in and out.

STEP 8

Detail cut tiny butterflies from patterned paper. Fold butterflies on each side of body; shape wings up. Layer two butterflies together, adhering bodies only and leaving wings free and dimensional. Adhere to clipboard as desired.

STEP 9

Apply lines of Guava paint dots along sides of each butterfly body, and in horizontal lines across body. Randomly apply glitter glue along rims of some flower petals. Let dry completely.

STEP 10

Tie ribbon through metal loop at top of clipboard. Place photo in clip.

Tip

  • For display, prop clipboard on small, tabletop easel, or hang on wall using picture-hanging adhesive.

by Alicia Barry for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Whimsical Christmas Stocking with Removable Silhouette

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This personalized, keepsake stocking will not only fill your home with HOLIDAY CHEER, but will grace your walls ALL YEAR!

Materials

  • Wooden oval plaque, 5″x7″
  • Circle stickers
  • White, canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Side profile photo printed on photo paper (sized to fit on wood plaque)
  • No-Sew Velcro, white
  • White, all-purpose thread
  • Ribbon, in color of choice
  • Small Santa hat

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Standard Compressor or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2oz.: Opaque Red, Opaque Green, Opaque White, Fluorescent Green
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Painters tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, craft knife, sewing machine, straight pins, scrap paper, hot glue gun, glue sticks, camera

Directions

Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking

1. For pattern, freehand draw stocking shape onto scrap paper, allowing additional 4”-5” at top of stocking to be folded down for cuff. (Note: An existing stocking can be used as pattern.) Cut two stockings from canvas cloth.

2. To create chevron design, fold down approximately 4”-5” of top layer of canvas cloth to create a cuff. (Note: Do not sew cuff into place.) Cut 2” pieces of painters tape and adhere to cuff of stocking in zig-zag design as shown. To create polka dot design, place circle stickers on front side of stocking in desired pattern just below cuff.

3. Cover work area with the Cleaning Drop Cloth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble airbrush to your chosen air source. Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Opaque Red Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

4. Practice airbrushing on piece of paper. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off. Roller at front of airbrush allows adjusts flow of air. To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Opaque Red paint on stocking, covering all circle stickers. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

5. Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, insert wire tool included in airbrush kit into opening of cap to remove any dried paint. If airbrush is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

6. To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place. Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Cover polka dot stocking to protect it from overspray. Airbrush Fluorescent Green paint over painter’s tape on cuff to create chevron design. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

7. Remove circle stickers and tape to reveal designs.

8. Airbrush wooden plaque with Opaque White paint. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

9. Print photo of your subject’s side profile on photo paper. To create stencil, cut out silhouette with craft knife as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for spray adhesive’s temporary bond application and adhere silhouette stencil to painted white plaque. Use painters tape to mask off exposed areas on plaque from overspray. Airbrush Opaque Red paint over stencil. Let dry and gently remove stencil.

10. Pin both stocking pieces together with wrong sides facing out. Machine-sew stocking together, making sure to leave top of stocking open. Trim off any excess seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out. Fold cuff down. Using canvas scrap, create loop and machine-sew inside cuff. Sew over seam several times.

11. Using hot glue, adhere Velcro in a cross formation to stocking back (hook side) and plaque back (loop side) as shown. To make removable plaque hanger, cut 4” ribbon length to create loop; secure with hot glue. Cut small piece of hook side of Velcro and adhere onto base of the ribbon loop as shown.

12. Tie small ribbon length into bow and adhere to girl silhouette as shown. Adhere Santa hat to boy silhouette. Or, embellish plaques as desired. (Note: If you would like to hang plaque year round, do not permanently adhere Santa hat.)

Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking

1. To create Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking, repeat steps for Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking with the following changes. Adhere painter’s tape diagonally across stocking below cuff, then place circle stickers on cuff. Airbrush cuff green and below cuff red. Airbrush plaque green and silhouette white. All other directions are the same.

Tips

  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.
  • Using Velcro allows you to remove the silhouette plaque and hang in your home throughout the rest of the year. And as your child grows, you can recreate and attach a new silhouette. Color schemes can be adapted to match your décor.

by Emma McDonald for Testors (www.testors.com)

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Sizes

5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall

Trees

1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.

Tip

  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season with an elegant ivory ruffled wreath airbrushed and accented in gold.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Ruffled knit ivory fabric, 60” wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Offray Pearl-Edge Ivory Sheer Ribbon, 2” wide, 4 ft.
  • Gold ball holiday stems
  • Pearls, two
  • Straight pins, two
  • Headpins, two
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztek Fine Line Nozzle
  • Testors Aztek Pearl Gold Acrylic Airbrush
Paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, painter’s tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface), clothes hangers

Directions

STEP 1

Separate ruffles by cutting fabric into 1-1/2” strips that consist of 1” of ruffle and 1/2” of flat border. (Note: Knit fabric doesn’t fray.)

STEP 2

To paint ruffles, secure both ends of each strip to covered work surface with painters tape. Work in sections if space is limited to paint an entire strip at one time. Ruffle edge should be taut but not so tight it curls.

STEP 3

Using airbrush with fine nozzle attached, create line across edge of ruffle with gold paint. Use light trigger pressure, as too much pressure from the airbrush will lift delicate fabric. Repeat for all ruffle strips. Drape ruffles over hangers to dry.

STEP 4

Attach end of one ruffle strip to top center on back side of wreath using glue gun. Use craft sticks to hold the fabric in place while glue sets.

STEP 5

Wrap strip around wreath, creating small tucks  –  one on outer edge, one on front flat surface, and one on inside edge. Adhere tucks in place.

STEP 6

Bring fabric strip to back of wreath and continue with next row. Ruffled hem from previous row should cover flat border of new row when it is adhered in place. On curved areas, overlap ruffles at inner edges of wreath more than outer edges because of difference in diameter.

STEP 7

Continue working around one side of wreath to bottom center, adding strips as needed. At bottom center, cut strip and adhere in back. Move to top center and attach end of ruffle strip to back side of wreath. Working in opposite direction, overlap strips in center to create flat double border to be covered later. Repeat Steps 5-7 to finish covering remaining side of wreath with ruffles.

STEP 8

Wrap length of pearl-edged ribbon over flat double border, bringing it to back of wreath. Fold ribbon, creating 6” loop. Slip raw edge of ribbon against wreath. Dab hot glue on straight pins and insert into wreath to hold ribbon in place.

STEP 9

Cut branches from gold ball holiday stems and adhere to center ribbon on front side of wreath as desired. Slip some stems under ribbon and adhere in place.

STEP 10

Create bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon. Secure bow with wire, twisting the ends together. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 2” tail.

STEP 11

Using scissors point, poke hole through ribbon and into top center of wreath.

STEP 12

Fill hole with hot glue and push wire ends of bow inside hole; let dry. Use ribbon tail to cover wire; adhere in place. Add more stems below bow as desired.

STEP 13

Cut several gold ball stems and poke into wreath in clusters. Dab stem wires with hot glue before poking through fabric and into wreath.

STEP 14

Finish wreath by securing loop made in Step 8 (on back of wreath) to top center of wreath. Insert headpin through pearl, dab pin with glue, and push into wreath at left edge of ribbon. Repeat on right edge of ribbon. (Note: Attaching ribbon to center will allow wreath to hang properly.)

Tip

  • Never airbrushed before? Testors Aztek Airbrush System is simple to use and maintain. Plus, it makes fast, easy, and accurate work of turning your projects into beautiful masterpieces.

by Lisa Nielsen for Testors (www.testors.com)
designed by the Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com)

Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

I am an avid lover of shadow boxes. It’s so easy to add depth to projects when creating handmade shadow boxes. If you’re looking for a Fall craft to celebrate the season, here is a Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box that’s easy and fun to create.

Materials and Tools for Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas, 10″x10″, (#29471)
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint 
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Dies: Bird, Flower Layers
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fast Finish Decoupage, Gem-Tac 
  • Fairfield Polyfil Fiberfill
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Black wool felt, scraps
  • Patterned papers with scallop edges: black/white polka dot, self-adhesive cork with script font
  • Wooden block, 1″
  • Assorted embellishments: self-adhesive pearl rows, gem stone rows, flower centers, decorative stick pins
  • Inkjet fabric sheets or rubber stamps, ink, and muslin scraps
  • Wire, 18-gauge, 10″ lengths
  • Foam brush, paintbrush, wire cutters
  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, needle and thread, ruler, paper trimmer

I started by painting the unfinished box Lamp Black. Even though you will be covering most of the handmade shadow box with decorative papers, you want to start with a nice evenly-coated black canvas.

 To découpage the box, measure the sides and insert of the basswood canvas and cut the papers to size using the paper trimmer. I usually cut the papers about an 1/8” smaller than the actual measurements, which makes it easier to découpage. Use the découpage medium and a foam brush to apply the papers to the sides and insides of the box. If you want to cover the back as well, feel free to do so.

Coat the back of the papers with the découpage medium with the foam brush, as well as the surface you will be applying it to. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers, being careful not to tear the découpaged papers.

To create the die-cut flowers which will embellish your shadow box, use die-cut machine, flower layers die, and fabric scraps in Fall-inspired colors. Stack them together and use a little glue to hold in place. As an option, you can pin them together before sewing.

Let the glue dry and then use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the flowers in place in a freeform motion.

Create a fall-themed sentiment by typing it into a word processing software program and then printing it out on inkjet fabric sheets. As an option, you can stamp on muslin scraps with alphabet stamps or an Autumn-themed sentiment with black ink.

As the focal point for my Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box, I chose a black crow. Die cut the crow using the bird die-cut and black wool felt two times. Using the sewing machine and thread, sew the sentiments on one of the bird die-cuts.

Use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the bird together, leaving about 2” open at the bottom for stuffing with the fiberfill. Cut two 5″ lengths of wire for the bird legs. Use a little glue to secure to one side of the felt bird.

Use needle and thread to whipstitch the opening of the bird closed. Adhere the wooden block to the back of the bird. This will give a dimensional effect as the crow will be standing in the Autumn-themed shadow box.

Now here comes the fun part! Putting your Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box together! Adhere the flowers to the inside of the shadow box on the sides, as desired. Embellish further with the self-adhesive gem stone rows and flower centers. Adhere the wooden block to the center of the box so the crow stands up inside the shadow box.  If you wish, embellish the crow further by adding some decorative stick pins.

Use your imagination and materials you have on hand to create your own unique Autumn-themed Shadow Box. Happy Fall!

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)